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Wrong-way driver killed in wreck on South Mountain Freeway

PHOENIX — A wrong-way driver was killed in a collision on the South Mountain Freeway early Saturday morning, according to authorities.

Reports of a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the South Mountain Freeway near Ray Road began coming into the Department of Public Safety just before 3 a.m.

A collision occurred between the wrong-way driver and a semi car-hauler in the Elliot Road area.

The wrong-way driver, 31-year-old Josafath Rubio-Hernandez, of Phoenix’s Laveen area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the semi car-hauler was not injured, DPS said.

The southbound direction of the freeway was closed for about six hours.

No other details were immediately available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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